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Yakima Firefighters Looking into Suspicious, Empty Home Fire

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Yakima firefighters are looking into what sparked a suspicious fire early Friday morning along North 4th Street. Yakima firefighters are looking into what sparked a suspicious fire early Friday morning along North 4th Street.

YAKIMA, WA - Yakima firefighters are looking into what sparked a suspicious fire early Friday morning along North 4th Street.

Around 7AM, firefighters responded to a structure fire on the 1200 block of North 4th Street. When the first crews arrived, they found a single story structure on fire. The structure had been a home, but no one lived in the home for several years.

As firefighters got near the building, arching power lines fell down and blocked access to the fire. In fact, the initial fire engine had to veer out of the way to avoid the power lines falling onto it.

Firefighters immediately called PP&L to shut off power to the downed power lines.

Eventually, firefighters were able to knock down the main body of fire and prevent the fire from spreading by using advancing smaller hand lines and the larger fixed base nozzle on the fire engine. However, as crews were trying to put the fire out completely, the building collapsed.

Again, the power lines prevented firefighters from completely putting out the fire, but they were able to keep the fire contained until PP&L arrived.

Luckily, there were no injuries. Even though the building hadn't been lived in for several years, it looked like it had been used by "unauthorized persons."

Firefighters aren't sure what caused the fire, but they believe to be suspicious.

The building was a complete loss with about $40,000 worth of damages done.

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